There are many bones, muscles, and soft tissues in the human body. Any of them can become damaged by overuse, leading to problems that require orthopedic care. Pain and injuries can also occur immediately, such as after a bad fall.
Our general orthopedics team at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, Dr. Steven Barrington, Dr. Michael Davis, Dr. Charles Hartzog, Dr. D. D. Thornbury, Dr. Hussein Turki, and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, offers the unique expertise you need to treat your orthopedic condition or injury so you can have a better quality of life.
What Is a General Orthopedic Physician?
Within orthopedics, some physicians are generalists, while others specialize in certain areas. For instance, there are knee doctors, foot doctors, joint replacement surgeons, sports medicine physicians, and physicians who practice pediatric orthopedics. No matter whether they specialize in a certain area or not, all doctors and surgeons that offer orthopedic care provide expert diagnosis and treatment for musculoskeletal conditions of all kinds.
Doctors working within the field of general orthopedics treat patients of all ages with conditions ranging from sports injuries to spinal deformities and fractures.
If you experience acute or chronic pain caused by an injury, arthritis, or another musculoskeletal problem or orthopedic trauma, a general orthopedic physician can help you. These medical experts treat patients experiencing a full range of problems that may require nonsurgical orthopedic treatment or a type of orthopedic surgery, like ankle surgery, joint replacement surgery, or orthopedic surgery for a shoulder issue. Sometimes a general orthopedic doctor will refer a patient to an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in a specific technique or area, like knee replacement surgery.
Depending on the patient and his or her condition and lifestyle goals, treatment may vary. Our orthopedic experts will always pursue conservative treatments first before considering surgery. If surgery is necessary, they use the most minimally invasive options to help provide precision and faster recoveries.
Review the checklist below for common symptoms of orthopedic conditions. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms in your bones, joints, or muscles, seek out an orthopedic surgeon or doctor:
- Ankle instability or soreness
- Back pain
- Bone or joint looks out of place
- Hip pain
- Knee pain or instability
- Muscle weakness
- Pins-and-needles sensation
General Orthopedic Conditions
Many bone, joint, and muscle issues can be addressed using a nonsurgical treatment, like anti-inflammatory medicines or working with a physical therapist. However, some injuries, like those resulting from orthopedic trauma or an overuse injury that has gone untreated for too long, could require surgery.
Common issues your doctor may diagnose include:
- Knee injuries, such as meniscus tears
- Labral injury
- Ligament tear
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rotator cuff tear
- Sports medicine injuries, such as tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
- Sprains and muscle strains
- Tendonitis (tendinitis)
- Tendon tear
Specialized. In Your Bone, Joint & Muscle Care.
As the only subspecialty-trained orthopedic group in Montgomery and Wetumpka, at Alabama Orthopedic Specialists, all of our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons strive for excellence in patient-centered care. As part of this dedication, our general orthopedic physicians are highly experienced in successfully treating patients who are experiencing debilitating joint pain. They have obtained years of medical training in orthopedics, followed by decades of combined clinical experience treating patients just like you.
Our team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons includes total joint surgeon Dr. Steven Barrington, orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Michael Davis, sports medicine surgeons Dr. Charles Hartzog and Dr. G. Dexter Walcott, foot and ankle surgeon Dr. D. D. Thornbury, and orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Hussein Turki. Together, they treat patients using the most advanced, evidence-based nonoperative treatment options as well as a range of surgeries with state-of-the-art surgical techniques.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are a new patient and would like a one-on-one consultation with one of our general orthopedic doctors in Montgomery at our Main Campus or Pavilion Clinic or in Prattville or Wetumpka, call (334) 274-9000 today or request an appointment online.